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Chinese national charged with smuggling cigarettes



Published: Fri, June 29, 2012 @ 3:03 p.m.

Chinese national charged with smuggling cigarettes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Chinese national has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Rhode Island on charges that he illegally smuggled more than $1 million worth of counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes into the United States.

Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha announced the indictment against 32-year-old Lin Xiao Wei today.

Federal prosecutors say Wei was arrested in Miami on June 4 after federal agents arranged to purchase a 20-foot cargo container containing 17 pallets of counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes.

Authorities say the shipping documentation claimed the container contained leather products. Federal agents seized the container when it arrived in Miami from China on April 27.

Prosecutors also allege Wei discussed shipping counterfeit Viagra. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.


Comments

1Pyroc(107 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Take the fake Viagra, do what comes "Naturally", then have a fake Marlboro afterwards!
One stop shopping!!

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2VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

How do you "fake" a Marlboro? I guess we non-smokers just don't understand. All cigarettes smell like Marlboro's.

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